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worldcup: England - Malta Match press kits

European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits

EnglandEnglandWembley Stadium - LondonSaturday 8 October 2016
18.00CET (17.00 local time)
Group F - Matchday 2
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

1972 UEFA European Championship
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
12/05/1971PR (GS)England - Malta5-0
LondonChivers 1, 47, Lee 41, Clarke 46 (P), Lawler 74
03/02/1971PR (GS)Malta - England0-1
GziraPeters 35
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Squad list Only this chapter

England - Squad list
Current season
-Tom Heaton15/04/198630Burnley - 0000
-Fraser Forster17/03/198828Southampton - 0000
-Joe Hart19/04/198729Torino - 1000
-Ryan Bertrand05/08/198927Southampton - 0000
-Danny Rose02/07/199026Tottenham - 1000
-Gary Cahill19/12/198530Chelsea - 1000
-Kyle Walker28/05/199026Tottenham - 1000
-Chris Smalling22/11/198926Man. United - 0000
-Michael Keane11/01/199323Burnley - 0000
-John Stones28/05/199422Man. City - 1000
-Andros Townsend16/07/199125Crystal Palace - 0000
-Jordan Henderson17/06/199026Liverpool - 1000
-Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain15/08/199323Arsenal - 0000
-Michail Antonio28/03/199026West Ham - 0000
-Jesse Lingard15/12/199223Man. United - 0000
-Eric Dier15/01/199422Tottenham - 1000
-Dele Alli11/04/199620Tottenham - 1000
-Wayne Rooney24/10/198530Man. United - 1000
-Theo Walcott16/03/198927Arsenal - 1000
-Daniel Sturridge01/09/198927Liverpool - 1000
-Jamie Vardy11/01/198729Leicester - 0000
-Marcus Rashford31/10/199718Man. United - 0000
-Gareth Southgate03/09/197046 - 0000
Malta - Squad list
Current season
-Justin Haber09/06/198135Hibernians - 0000
-Andrew Hogg02/03/198531Hibernians - 1000
-Henry Bonello13/10/198827Valletta - 0000
-Alex Muscat14/12/198431Sliema - 0000
-Ryan Camilleri22/05/198828Valletta - 1000
-Andrei Agius12/08/198630Hibernians - 1000
-Steve Borg15/05/198828Valletta - 1000
-Ryan Scicluna30/07/199323Birkirkara - 1000
-Gareth Sciberras29/03/198333Birkirkara - 1000
-Paul Fenech20/12/198629Balzan*1000
-Clayton Failla08/01/198630Hibernians - 0000
-Mark Scerri16/01/199026Sliema - 0000
-Joseph Zerafa31/05/198828Birkirkara - 1000
-Rowen Muscat05/06/199125Pavia - 0000
-Bjorn Kristensen05/04/199323Hibernians - 0000
-Zach Muscat22/08/199323Arezzo - 0000
-Michael Mifsud17/04/198135Valletta - 1000
-André Schembri27/05/198630Boavista - 1000
-Jean Paul Farrugia21/03/199224Hibernians - 0000
-Stephen Pisani07/08/199224Floriana - 0000
-Alfred Effiong29/11/198431Balzan*1100
-Pietro Ghedin21/11/195263 - 1000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Gareth Southgate

Date of birth: 3 September 1970
Nationality: English
Playing career: Crystal Palace FC, Aston Villa FC, Middlesbrough FC
Coaching career: Middlesbrough FC, England Under-21s, England (caretaker)

• Came through the ranks at Palace, initially as a midfielder, becoming captain and leading the club to promotion to the Premier League in 1993/94.

• Moved on to Villa following relegation in 1995 and was converted into a centre-back, winning the League Cup in his first season and helping the team reach the 2000 FA Cup final.

• Won 57 caps for England, although best known for missing a crucial penalty against Germany in the EURO '96 semi-final at Wembley; also appeared at the 1998 FIFA World Cup and UEFA EURO 2000.

• Left Villa for Middlesbrough in 2001 and became the first Boro captain to lift a trophy, skippering the side to victory against Sam Allardyce's Bolton Wanderers FC in the 2004 League Cup final; also helped Boro reach the UEFA Cup final in memorable fashion two years later.

• Defeat by Sevilla FC in Eindhoven proved Southgate's last game as he moved into the Middlesbrough dug-out to succeed Steve McClaren following the latter's departure for England; kept them in the Premier League until 2009, when they were relegated with Southgate dismissed that October. Joined the Football Association in 2011, initially as head of elite development before taking over as Under-21 coach two years later; appointed caretaker manager of the national side in September 2016 following Allardyce's departure.



Pietro Ghedin

Date of birth: 21 November 1952
Nationality: Italian
Playing career:
ACF Fiorentina, SS Lazio, AC Venezia, Calcio Catania, Pescara Calcio, AC Pistoiese, AC Siena
Coaching career: Italy Under-18, Malta U21, Malta (twice), Italy (assistant), Italy women

• Defender Ghedin played in Serie A with Fiorentina and Lazio, joining the latter immediately after the capital side had won their first-ever Scudetto in 1974 and remaining at the Stadio Olimpico until 1981. He played out his career in the lower divisions.

• Ghedin became an Italian Football Federation (FIGC) coach in 1987, leading the country's U18s and becoming senior national team scout ahead of the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy.

• He served as the Azzurri goalkeeping coach for the Olympic Games of 1992 and 1996. Additionally, while still under contract with the FIGC, he also coached the Malta national side at both U21 and senior level between 1992 and 1995.

• Appointed assistant to Italy coach Cesare Maldini during the 1998 World Cup, Ghedin remained in that role under Dino Zoff at UEFA EURO 2000 and Giovanni Trapattoni at the 2002 World Cup.

• Ghedin became Italy's senior women's coach in 2005, guiding them to the UEFA Women's EURO 2009 quarter-finals, before leaving in 2012 to return to the Malta helm.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeStefan Johannesson (SWE)
  • Assistant refereesFredrik Nilsson (SWE) , Mehmet Culum (SWE)
  • Fourth officialMohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerMarkus Stenger (GER)
  • Referee observerMichel Vautrot (FRA)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Stefan Johannesson22/11/1971371

FIFA Wold Cup matches involving teams from the two countries involved in this match

No such matches refereed

Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
28/08/2003UELQRFerencvárosi TCBirkirkara FC1-0Budapest
15/10/2003UELR1FC Steaua BucureştiSouthampton FC1-0Bucharest
14/09/2006UELR1West Ham United FCUS Città di Palermo0-1London
19/10/2006UELGSWisła KrakówBlackburn Rovers FC1-2Krakow
16/12/2009UELGSFC Basel 1893Fulham FC2-3Basel
25/02/2010UELR32FC Unirea UrziceniLiverpool FC1-3Bucharest
04/10/2012UELGSLiverpool FCUdinese Calcio2-3Liverpool
12/12/2013UELGSTottenham Hotspur FCFC Anji4-1London
11/12/2014UELGSBeşiktaş JKTottenham Hotspur FC1-0Istanbul
26/02/2015UELR32Everton FCBSC Young Boys3-1Liverpool
29/09/2016UELGSHapoel Beer-Sheva FCSouthampton FC0-0Beer Sheva

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Competition facts Only this chapter

The Week of Football concept enables fans around the world to enjoy the very best action from the European Qualifiers – which will determine UEFA's representatives at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup comprises nine groups of six teams, with matches played on a home-and-away basis.

Qualifying takes place under the 'Week of Football' concept, introduced ahead of the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying campaign, in which games are spread out from Thursday to Tuesday, shining the spotlight on more teams on the road to the finals in Russia. Moreover, thanks to the Week of Football, at least 43% of matches will be played on weekends, giving fans a better chance to follow the action on television, in the stadiums and on

Kick-off times will be set mainly at 18:00CET and 20:45CET on Saturdays and Sundays and at 20:45CET for Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays. In double-header matchweeks, sides will play on Thursday/Sunday, Friday/Monday or Saturday/Tuesday. Each day of the Week of Football will feature eight to ten games.

The nine group winners will qualify directly for the final tournament. The eight best runners-up will contest play-offs to decide the last four qualifiers for the finals.

The 13 qualifiers then join hosts Russia in the finals to make it 14 UEFA member associations represented.

How qualification works

The other confederations have the following qualifying berths:

Africa: 5
Asia: 4.5
North and Central America and Caribbean: 3.5
Oceania: 0.5
South America: 4.5



Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Group F - Group Standings
    Matchday 1 (04/09/2016)
    Slovakia 0-1 England
    0-1 Lallana 90+5
    Hart, Walker, Rose, Dier, Cahill, Stones, Sterling (71 Walcott), Henderson (64 Alli), Kane (82 Sturridge), Rooney, Lallana
  • Matchday 2 (08/10/2016)
  • Matchday 3 (11/10/2016)
  • Matchday 4 (11/11/2016)
  • Matchday 5 (26/03/2017)
  • Matchday 6 (10/06/2017)
  • Matchday 7 (01/09/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (04/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (05/10/2017)
  • Matchday 10 (08/10/2017)


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (04/09/2016)
    Malta 1-5 Scotland
    0-1 Snodgrass 10, 1-1 Effiong 14, 1-2 C. Martin 53, 1-3 Snodgrass 61 (P) , 1-4 S. Fletcher 78, 1-5 Snodgrass 85
    Hogg, Caruana, J. Zerafa, Sciberras, Agius, P. Fenech, Gambin, Schembri (66 Briffa), S. Borg, Scicluna (79 R. Camilleri), Effiong (89 Mifsud)
  • Matchday 2 (08/10/2016)
  • Matchday 3 (11/10/2016)
  • Matchday 4 (11/11/2016)
  • Matchday 5 (26/03/2017)
  • Matchday 6 (10/06/2017)
  • Matchday 7 (01/09/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (04/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (05/10/2017)
  • Matchday 10 (08/10/2017)

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Club competitions
  • UCL: UEFA Champions League
  • ECCC: European Champion Clubs' Cup
  • UEL: UEFA Europa League
  • UCUP: UEFA Cup
  • UCWC: UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
  • SCUP: UEFA Super Cup
  • UIC: UEFA Intertoto Cup
  • ICF: Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
National team competitions
  • EURO: UEFA European Football Championship
  • WC: FIFA World Cup
  • CONFCUP: FIFA Confederations Cup
  • FRIE: Friendly internationals
  • U21FRIE: Under-21 friendly internationals
  • U21: UEFA European Under-21 Championship
  • U17: UEFA Under-17 Championship
  • U16: UEFA European Under-16 Championship
  • U19: UEFA Under-19 Championship
  • U18: UEFA European Under-18 Championship
  • WWC: FIFA Women's World Cup
  • WEURO: UEFA European Women's Championship

Other abbreviations

  • (aet): After extra time
  • pens: Penalties
  • No.: Number
  • og: Own goal
  • ag: Match decided on away goals
  • P: Penalty
  • agg: Aggregate
  • Pld: Matches played
  • AP: Appearances
  • Pos.: Position
  • Comp.: Competition
  • Pts: Points
  • D: Drawn
  • R: Sent off (straight red card)
  • DoB: Date of birth
  • Res.: Result
  • ET: Extra Time
  • sg: Match decided by silver goal
  • GA: Goals against
  • t: Match decided by toss of a coin
  • GF: Goals for
  • W: Won
  • gg: Match decided by golden goal
  • Y: Booked
  • L: Lost
  • Y/R: Sent off (two yellow cards)
  • Nat.: Nationality
  • N/A: Not applicable


  • -: Denotes player substituted
  • +: Denotes player introduced
  • *: Denotes player sent off
  • +/-: Denotes player introduced and substituted

Squad list

  • D: Disciplinary
  • *: Misses next match if booked
  • S: Suspended
  • Disclaimer: Although UEFA has taken all reasonable care that the information contained within this document is accurate at the time of publication, no representation or guarantee (including liability towards third parties), expressed or implied, is made as to its accuracy, reliability or completeness. Therefore, UEFA assumes no liability for the use or interpretation of information contained herein. More information can be found in the competition regulations available on